Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Rhapsody in blue: Mancini’s Man City in good Kompany


100,000 people lined the streets for Manchester City's victory parade yesterday evening. I restricted myself to taking about 10 photos from my vantage point behind the Bridgewater Hall. I chose this one for today's post as I liked what it represented: the combination of typical Mancunian red brick architecture, the loyal fans, and the team bus coming round the corner in the evening sun.  A better close up of the trophy and players is below.

The Citizens, or The Sky Blues, paraded through the city centre a day after narrowly winning the league for the first time since 1968. Their long suffering fans thought hope had vanished on Sunday when, with no minutes of normal playing time left, they were losing 2-1 to lowly west Londoners Queens Park Rangers.

The Premier League title was returning to Old Trafford, as Manchester Utd had just won their last game. But somehow the multicultural multi-millionaires of the world’s richest football club scored two goals in injury time to win 3-2 and take the league. And, in doing so, provided enough material to give the UK media networks licence for non-stop coverage for the next 24 hours.
Today's post is linked to the Our World Tuesday blog and, of course, the Midweek Blues MeMe.

20 comments:

  1. I was there too! Nice close up shot of the trophy :D

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  2. Texting while celebrating. How totally 21st century. :-)

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    1. Some of them, such as Argentinean Sergio Agüero on the right, were also sending tweets to their Twitter accounts, sharing the photos they were taking of the crowds. All rather surreal.

      As for who they are,(second photo) Belgian Vincent Kompany has the trophy and I think Englishman Micah Richards is to his right. Not sure about the other two. In the first photo you can see Italian Roberto Mancini in his trademark coat and City scarf, and I think the blond man may be England goalkeeper Joe Hart?

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  3. Hi there - sometimes sport does out do itself! Nice shots.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  4. Congratulations to the team and all the fans. It was a very exciting end!

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  5. My son probably knows who they all are. I will have to show him your blog, he is a huge soccer fan. But his favorite team is Arsenal. This would be a PERFECT addition to a little meme I have called Midweek Blues, it posts at noon EST on Tuesdays.

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    1. Yes I will gladly post it at Midweek Blues, Rebecca. I was going to but the US/UK time differences meant my post was up before your lovely Midweek Blues MeMe ;-)

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  6. Your pictures are wonderful!Perfect choice for the theme!
    Léia

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  7. I heard about that match... on ESPN.

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  8. Wonderful shots of this historic day - thanks for sharing! And thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. Greetings from Tel Aviv :)

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  9. I was pulling for Man City. Well done on super pics. We are on the same track today...amazing!

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  10. Great photos. It was all very exciting, even for a Yorkshire lass!

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  11. Amazing what you can do if you have all the money in the world!

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    1. Absolutely Steffe- sadly only the biggest and richest teams in Manchester and London can ever win the English league. I am a West Ham United supporter.

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  12. Blue for the soul.

    Please have a good Wednesday.

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  13. I loved that you captured the energy of the moment, how exciting it must have been!

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  14. I love everything about the top shot
    I can feel the energy of the moment

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  15. GREAT documentary!
    Love the colors and light as well as the BLUE.

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  16. Nice photo! It is very interesting to see them on their cell phones! EVERYBODY is doing it...

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